Monday, September 8, 2014

New Free Webinars FamilySearch, Many Begin This Week

If you have not been checking up on the FamilySearch Blog, you may not know that the Family History Library is offering variety of free webinars. A lot are scheduled for this week.

You can learn about Probate Records, Irish Research (a lot about Irish Research), Scot-Irish Research, Danish Research, US Military Records, German Records, Norwegian Parish Registers, and Reading Spanish Handwriting.

The webinars are held through Adobe Connect Meeting and are actually classes taught at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It appears pre-registration is not required. There is no indication if there is a limit on how many online viewers can attend.

The three links above take you to the the blog announcements for the webinars covering that topic. The link below is to the overall schedule list. From the overall schedule list, click on the class topic of interest to find the link to join that webinar and to find the handout associated with that class. (Each handout is likely placed online nearer to when the class is scheduled to start. It is recommended that you print the handout prior to the meeting start time.) There is also log-in information instructions (how to name yourself) at the class pages.  

Remember class start times are given in Mountain Time, so for our Eastern Time ADD 2 hours. (For example, a 10 am MT class actually starts at 12 pm (noon) ET.)

If you've never used Adobe Connect Meeting, there is a test link and informational overview link (though this link is kind of confusing.) From what I have seen and read, attendees do not need to install the Adobe Connect Add On as that is primarily for hosts and administers.

To find the complete class schedule list, see the Family History Library Wiki page, and look for the Live Online Class Schedule. There are a variety of classes scheduled through December.

One thing to note: I have not found any mention that recordings of these webinars will be available at either the FamilySearch Learning Center or the FamilySearch YouTube Channel. I'll let you know when I can confirm that they will or will not be posted at a later time. So just in case, if you want to see a class you better attend the class.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

This Wednesday's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting topic is DNA and Genealogy: Revisited

This Wednesday, September 10, at 7 p.m. in the Genealogy/Local History Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library is MCGG's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. The discussion topic of the night is DNA and Genealogy: Revisited.

There have been changes in the DNA marketplace since our first meeting on DNA last year. We'll review the different tests, who sells what, take a look at the different tools of each company, and discuss the benefits of DNA testing.

If you had a DNA test done with any company, please consider bringing your results. By this I mean your ethnicity pie/chart or your paternal and/or maternal haplogroup result.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Today August 30, 2014 is the First Anniversary of this Blog

We've made it! Today is the first anniversary of this blog.

There have been 65 posts (66 if you count this one) and a lot of information conveyed this past year.

There is more to come so keep reading.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Have's Y-DNA or mtDNA Tests? Make Sure You Download Your Results and Data Before it is Deleted

For anyone out there that had a Y-DNA or mtDNA test done with, remember you only have until September 30th, 2014 (it was September 5th) to download your test results and copy your matches. will retire (delete) all Y-DNA and mtDNA test results and matches from its website on September 30th. Do not wait until the last minute to save your information to your computer. (Please note that AncestryDNA -- the autosomal test -- is not effected by this retirement.) 

See the DNA Frequently Asked Questions page at for more information. If you purchased a Y-DNA or mtDNA test but did not use it/have it processed, there is a phone number to call and get a refund of the cost of the test and any taxes paid. Shipping costs will not be refunded.

To download your Y-DNA or mtDNA test results, sign into your account and go to "Your DNA Home Page." Go to the Y-DNA or mtDNA test page. (Note: I can't see this but it is probably similar to the AncestryDNA test page.) Essentially, for each person you had tested, click on Settings to the right of the tested person's name. Then likely to the right will be a column with Actions, select  "Download Your Raw DNA Data." (Do not select delete this test.) Follow the directions given to download your raw DNA data and then you will have a copy of that test's results on your computer. Repeat this for each test you had done.

With your results downloaded, you can transfer your raw data to another genealogy/DNA testing company if you choose to do so. Transferring generally costs a little bit less than purchasing a new test. (Note that with a transferred test you will not be able to add/upgrade another type of test to it because the company will only have the raw data your transferred, it will not have the actual DNA sample. To have the person tested for another type of DNA you would have to have a new test kit sent.)

Now as to your matches/potential matches, you will need to either page by page or individually print these out to paper, print these out as pdf files, or make screen captures of your matches to preserve them for future reference. If you have definite matches, you should likely print/preserve that individual match.

You can also check the community forum for DNA for other ideas on how to preserve your matches for the future.

Also remember that owned websites, MyFamily and Mundia (English) are also retiring on September 30th. The website is being retired too but some of it will be changed to a read-only website (i.e. community message boards). Recently the website, MyCanvas, has been sold and will change hands instead of retire.

See you soon at the Mt Clemens Public Library!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

FamilyTree DNA has End of Summer Y-DNA Sale until September 3

All Y-DNA tests and upgrades are on sale for a limited time at FamilyTree DNA. The sale runs until September 3, 2014 (likely 11:59 p.m. CDT).

Here is a run down of the savings on the various Y-DNA tests.

Y37 test (37 markers) regularly $169, on sale $129
Y67 test (67 markers) regularly $268, on sale $199
Y111 (111 markers) regularly $359, on sale $279
Big Y regularly $595, on sale $495

FamilyFinder + Y37 combined tests regularly $268, on sale $228
FamilyFinder + Y67 combined tests regularly $367, on sale $298
Comprehensive Genome (FamilyFinder/Y67/full mtDNA) combined test regularly $566, on sale $497
[Note: for the combo packages, only the Y-DNA portion is on sale. I checked this with a calculator. So you could just order the Y-DNA test itself rather than a combined test and wait for a sale on the FamilyFinder (autosomal) test and then upgrade your Y-DNA test to add FamilyFinder to it.]
Or upgrade a Y-DNA test already taken with FamilyTree DNA to add more markers to your test.
Upgrade a Y12 test to Y37 (12 markers to 37 markers) regularly $99, on sale $70
Upgrade a Y12 test to Y67 regularly $189, on sale $149
Upgrade a Y12 test to Y111 regularly $339, on sale $239
Upgrade a Y25 test to Y37 regularly $49, on sale $35
Upgrade a Y25 test to Y67 regularly $148, on sale $114
Upgrade a Y25 test to Y111 regularly $249, on sale $209
Upgrade a Y37 test to Y67 regularly $99, on sale $79
Upgrade a Y37 test to Y111 regularly $220, on sale $179
Upgrade a Y67 test to Y111 regularly $129, on sale $109

Sorry everyone, I have not found any coupon codes for a discount on the shipping costs that FamilyTree DNA charges.

To get an idea of previous sale prices from each of the three different Genealogy/DNA companies and their various tests, check out a post on the Genealogy Junkie blog site. This Genealogy Junkie post on DNA Test Sales is generally kept up-to-date -- i.e. it now includes this current sale. This listing gives you a good idea of what is a good sale price for a test and approximately when a sale might occur.

Remember, we will be revisiting the topic of DNA and Genealogy at our September meeting of Let's Talk...Genealogy. 

See you soon at the Mt Clemens Public Library!


Limited Time: is giving Free Access to the Newly added databases of its Global Collections is giving free access to 1 billion new records from 67 countries until September 1 (midnight).

Obtain access through the special portal (you may need to scroll down to see it) on the main page when you are not signed in.

From the map below the special portal search engine, you can see which 43 new countries have been added (orange) and what other countries have newly added databases (green.) From what we can figure out, it is these databases that are included in the free access.
Unfortunately, I have not found a list of which specific databases make up this group.

Good Luck Searching!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MyCanvas Website Will Not Be Retired -- It is Changing Hands Instead announced today that its website, MyCanvas, will not be retired after all rather it will now be part of Alexander's.

The announcement was made on's Facebook page and blog page.

Projects at MyCanvas will be accessible thru until the website is transitioned next year to Alexander's. Alexander's is the printer that prints MyCanvas projects.

This is good news for any MyCanvas user.